Perfect has officially been given up on.

So as it turns out, writing a 31-day series is HARD! That’s why, as you may have noticed, I kind of slacked off this past week.

(What? You didn’t notice? Then never mind.)

Today is the last day of my 31 Days series, and I’m just going to leave you with one thought. When I was brainstorming ideas for this series, Annalyn wanted to help. I knew she wouldn’t understand but told her what I was doing anyway. Then she surprised me with this wisdom: “God loves you no matter how hard you work and even if you’re not perfect, He’ll still love you.”

Seriously. She’s FOUR. Well, she was when she dropped that wisdom bomb on me. It’s possible that as smart, experienced, grown-up people, we complicate matters. Let’s just keep it simple and remember that God loves us no matter how hard we work. And even if we’re not perfect, He’ll still love us. The end.

This post is part of 31 Days of Giving Up on Perfect. All month long, I’ve written about my fight against perfectionism and my quest to get on with life, already. For more 31 Days, visit The Nester.


  1. Tammy Hildebrandt says:


  2. A PERFECT ending to your series! :)

    Thanks, Annalyn, for reminding us!

  3. PERFECT wisdom. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. chelleybutton says:

    I just want to *like* this. :)

  5. I only visit occasionally as you are still new to me, but I didn’t even finish my 31 days series, so obviously I gave up on perfect a long time ago. I find my children seem to understand things better than me a lot of times, so I love the simplicity of what your daughter shared.

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      Hi Jamie! Kids are amazing at understanding the heart of issues without overcomplicating them the way adults do, aren’t they?!

  6. Most of my life I’ve tried to be perfect not because others expected it, but because I did. I’ve enjoyed your series a lot and getting to know you. Thank you :)

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      Thank you, Lori. I’m glad you enjoyed the series! And I understand – my drive for perfection came from within, too.

  7. Yes! Perfect people are boring, and we’re far too interesting to be perfect. :) Great job on the challenge!

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